Let's be clear about this..
S.Korea has so long been under the "threat umbrella" that it's become the norm. Life still goes on, until it changes. That may or may not be part of what happens, but never-the-less still makes the presence of US troops and our ally under threat to aware of the current status. This has changed due to new young leadership in N.Korea. The track record is unknown and may take a different turn from past events. The rhetoric is too loud and threatening not to be taken seriously. IMHO, it all lays at N.Korea how it wants to proceed. The gestures already played are above what has been the norm and NOW it can be backed-up by nuclear threat even if short range. Every reason to contain N.Korea in the past is renewed under the present status. It abodes well to keep an eye on this rogue state. N.Korea may have already overplayed it's hand, IMHO it should be rewarded with total isolation if at all possible, they get nothing to appease them, if that is the course they want this to take.
As for your friend, one can only wish them well should events become less than agreeable. People still die at the border and tempers flare in one way or another, so its still an contested conflict. -----Willy
This is from a friend of mine who lives and works in Seoul:
I seriously love NPR and Michigan Radio, but I may have to turn it off for all of the continued over-blown hype (I'd hate to hear what Fox and CNN are blaring). To everyone back home in the USA: We are 100% FINE AND DANDY in South Korea!!! We are SAFE AND SOUND!! The South Koreans aren't even a little bit worried, and we're actually within range (you're not!). NO ONE HERE (including the U.S. military) is freaked out. TURN OFF YOUR TVS! GET ON WITH YOUR LIFE!! Send us care packages full of cookies and Better Made potato chips and effective deodorant!!!
Just thought I'd share some local perspective.